NS. CLOUD, Min. (WCCO) — COVID-19 has forever changed the life of a Minnesota man after he and his 20-year-old wife both contracted the virus. He survived, but she didn’t. Now he encourages others to get vaccinated.
Jeremy Voss spent more than two weeks in the hospital fighting for his life against COVID-19. Before that, he didn’t think he needed the vaccine, as he had no underlying health problems.
“I just thought that if I got it, no matter how healthy I was, I’d be just like all my other friends,” he said.
Jeremy’s wife, Monica Voss, also ended up in hospital with COVID-19. When he last saw her, she was on a ventilator. Like her husband, she had not been vaccinated.
“We’ve known each other since she was 15. We were together for 25 years. We were married for twenty years,” said Jeremy Voss.
Jeremy Voss was eventually released from the hospital, but Monica Voss never came home. The mother of four passed away on Friday; she was 40 years old.
“Imagine having to tell your kids you won’t see their mom or dad for the rest of their lives,” Jeremy Voss said.
He spent his Thanksgiving weekend planning his wife’s funeral.
dr. Jessie Roske, who treated Jeremy Voss, says three-quarters of COVID patients arriving at St. Cloud Hospital are unvaccinated.
“I see this devastation for my neighbors and know it is all avoidable suffering,” she said.
Jeremy Voss is still on oxygen tanks and has a long road to recovery. He hopes his family’s story will save someone else’s life.
“If I can make a difference in one dad getting his wife get a vaccine, if I can make a difference in one mom getting the vaccine, that’s made a difference in their lives forever,” he said.
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